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I Have Been Given Permission To Paint Utility Boxes In My City
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I Have Been Given Permission To Paint Utility Boxes In My City

Over the last two years I have decorated 15 utility boxes around Auckland, New Zealand, with my artworks. Here’s how it happened; back in 2013, I had a few beers and painted a Grumpy Cat on a wall in my local dog park. It got painted out, and the locals were upset and petitioned the council. My friend snuck an article about this into a local newspaper, and then someone who works for Chorus (the company that owns these utility boxes) read the article, and asked me if I would like to paint their boxes instead.

I get paid a small fee for each one – enough to cover time and materials. Also I use Internet memes as the inspiration for a lot of them, because the boxes are our physical Internet connections – pictures of ‘AstroSloth’ and ‘Awkward Seal’ had probably already been transmitted through these boxes before I painted them on the outside of them.

They’ve had a great reception, both from the local communities and online, and I am planning to paint a lot more around the country – maybe the world!

More info: paulwalsh.co.nz

Awkward Seal

It’s So Shiny

Aquarium

Bird With Arms

Hipster Cat

Ponsonby Pigeon

Piggy Stardust

AstroSloth

Menswear Dog

Student Cat

Captain Possum

Ruapehu Rooster

Chimp Selfie

Geometric Landscape

Punky Rooster

DJ Willis

Fear Of A Black And White Planet

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CheryleMcCarthy
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7 years ago

Wonderful talent, I like them all but especially the cat ones...thanks for sharing with us :)

AnnaJoanna
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7 years ago

Great! I want this in my town !!!

CatharinaGeerts
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7 years ago

They cheer up the neighborhood. :)

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CheryleMcCarthy
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful talent, I like them all but especially the cat ones...thanks for sharing with us :)

AnnaJoanna
Community Member
7 years ago

Great! I want this in my town !!!

CatharinaGeerts
Community Member
7 years ago

They cheer up the neighborhood. :)

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